ENGR101-20SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2020 start

Foundations of Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 9 November 2020
End Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 20 November 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 15 January 2021


This skills-based course will introduce students to the "engineering process". Through a series of lectures, exercises and projects, the students will gain experience in specific skills and activities that contribute to the engineering process. Examples include problem solving, technical sketching, team work and report writing. Additionally, the importance of sustainability, ethics and biculturalism in an engineering context will be introduced. Students will also gain a better understanding of the different engineering disciplines in regards to a career choice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Be able to describe and apply the ‘engineering process’ to problems/projects
o Technical skills
 Apply techniques to clarify ill-defined problems
 Apply formal problem solving strategies
 Generate a freehand engineering sketch
o Professional skills
 Prepare an engineering report
 Work successfully on a team project
 Identify and apply concepts of sustainability, risk, ethics and biculturalism to engineering solutions.

2. Be able to describe key activities of the different engineering disciplines taught at Canterbury

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
4 Jan - 14 Feb
02 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
4 Jan - 14 Feb

Timetable Note

Contact Hours:
28 Lecture hours, 20 workshop hours.

3 lectures per week, all lectures will be held in Lecture Theatre C1. Each lecture is given twice a day. The second lecture will include an overflow lecture in C2 where the lecture content and audio will be broadcast.

One, 2-hour session per week, Monday to Wednesday at various times starting in week 2.  A full list can be seen at www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/. Upon enrolling for ENGR101, students will be assigned their workshop session time. After the end of week 2, students will not be allowed to change their session time unless there is an unavoidable timetable clash.
Workshops provide opportunities for students to learn and extend skills taught in lectures, and to work on the group-based Major Design Project.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Department


Students should contact the Senior Tutor (Dr Alfred Herritsch) for all matters pertaining to workshops, assignment submission and assessment issues, including late or missed work.

Students are welcome to contact the Course Coordinator to discuss issues pertaining to workload or course content.  For matters to do with specific lectures, please contact the lecturer concerned.


Any or all assessments may be scaled after you receive your raw mark.

Passing Grade:
To achieve a pass in this course you must obtain:
• an overall mark of 50% or above
• a final exam mark > 40/100.

These will be relatively straight forward quizzes based on lecture content.  They will be completed on Learn.  They will open at the start of the first lecture on a given day and you have until 8 am the following day to complete it.  There will be a quiz for most lectures starting on Lecture 2.  Your total grade for the quizzes will be based on the top 80%.  No extensions, make-up quizzes or Special Consideration are available for this assessment

All assignments must be stapled securely at the top left-hand corner and MUST have a completed cover sheet attached. Submissions without a completed cover sheet attached will not be marked.

Assignments must be handed in to the boxes provided on Engineering Core by 3.00 pm on the due date.  Please ensure that you hand in your assignment to the box corresponding to YOUR workshop stream.

Assignments due in a given workshop session must be handed in to the workshop tutor at the beginning of the session.

ALL late work must be handed in directly to the Senior Tutor, Dr Alfred Herritsch, A404, Link building as soon as possible and will be penalised 25% per day or part thereof (weekends will be counted as one day for this purpose).  Late work will only escape penalty by provision of a relevant medical certificate or other sufficient documentation to the Senior Tutor, preferably before the due date but no later than 7 days after the due date.

Missed work will receive no marks unless a relevant medical certificate or other sufficient documentation is provided to the Senior Tutor. Missed work for which a medical certificate or other sufficient documentation is provided will be awarded marks based upon the average marks of the class for the particular item of assessment and the relative performance of the student concerned in other items of assessment.

For those students registered with Disability Resource Services and have a Learning Support Plan in place, please remember to contact the Senior Tutor Alfred Herritsch if special arrangements are required for the test or the exam at least 10 days before.


Course Website: Access via http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz   Note that you will only gain access to Learn once your enrolment is fully completed.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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